Archos 7 Android tablet undercuts the iPad

The Android-running Archos 7 tablet is now available for pre-order at only £130.

The Archos 7 Home Tablet is an Android-based device with a seven-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen display. It's 12mm thick and weighs in at 350g. It looks a lot like an over-sized smartphone

The device is based on a single-core ARM 9 processor running at 600MHz, and according to Archos's CEO, Henri Crohas, fits the niche between smartphone and PC. He seems to forget to mention a similar device made by Apple.

It comes with an integrated USB connector and supports Wi-Fi, video and music playback, photo browsing and there's access to some Android apps via the AppsLib store. It also comes with a few Android widgets thrown in.

Its French manufacturer reckons it can play video for up to seven hours on a single charge, or 44 hours of music. Archos reckons the built in speakers are, "a very capable replacement for a hi-fi or radio".

If you're tempted by a tablet, then this one is a fair bit smaller but will certainly be easier on the wallet than the iThing.